|U.S. Representative from Louisiana's 4th District|
From: January 3, 2009 - January 3, 2017
John Calvin Fleming, Jr. (born July 5, 1951 in Meridian, Mississippi) is the Republican U.S. Representative for Louisiana's 4th congressional district, representing the cities of Minden (his city of residence), Shreveport, DeRidder, Bossier City, and Natchitoches. He was elected in 2008 by 356 votes, the closest House race that year, when he defeated the Caddo Parish District Attorney Paul Carmouche, a Democrat. Carmouche earlier had defeated fellow Democrat John Milkovich for the party's U.S. House nomination. Milkovich, a conservative Democrat, resurfaced in 2015 to claim the District 38 seat in the Louisiana State Senate.
A physician and businessman, Fleming served on the Armed Services and Natural Resources committees.
Fleming vacates his House seat on January 3, 2017. He was an unsuccessful candidate for the U.S. Senate in the November 8, 2016, primary election held in conjunction with the presidential election. The incumbent David Vitter did not seek a third term after having lost a race for governor in 2015. In the 24-candidate field, Fleming carried six parishes and finished fifth with 203,959 votes (11 percent). In sixth place was retired United States Air Force Colonel Rob Maness, a Senate candidate from 2014 who had been urged by Fleming supporters to drop out and instead to endorse Fleming. David Duke, a former figure in the Ku Klux Klan who joined the GOP in 1989, ran seventh with 58,581 votes (3 percent). Had the Maness and Duke votes instead gone to Fleming, the Minden physician would have been in the upcoming December 10 runoff election for the seat.
Now the top vote-getter, Republican state Treasurer John Neely Kennedy, faces Public Service Commissioner Foster Campbell, a Democrat from Bossier Parish whose political career began as a state senator in 1976, for the right to succeed Vitter. Prognosticators view Kennedy of St. Tammany Parish in south Louisiana as the heavy favorite in the race.